Paul George Talks About His Admiration For Kobe Since He Was A...

Paul George Talks About His Admiration For Kobe Since He Was A Child


[new_royalslider id=”125″]

As Kobe Bryant’s career winds down, a new era of stars is starting to emerge in the NBA. Many of these stars have grown up watching Bryant and trying to be like him, the same way guys from Bryant’s era watched Michael Jordan.

One of the league’s fastest rising stars is Indiana Pacers guard Paul George. George grew up right outside of Los Angeles, and has watched Bryant since he was a child. George told Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding that he did everything to mirror Kobe as a child:

Anything you can think of. I had the Kobe jersey. I would do the Kobe walk. I would walk around the house doing the Kobe stare-down face. Anything you can name, I was idolizing him, trying to be like him.

George would inherit a lot of Bryant’s ways not only from watching him, but from having the luxury of working with former Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, who served as a Pacers assistant coach before taking over the Denver Nuggets.

Lakers Nation Store Is Back! Check Out The Latest Gear!

Shaw used stories of Bryant to push George into greatness. Much like Bryant, George thrives on both sides of the ball, being just as good of a defender as he is on offense.

Even though he now battles Kobe on the court, his admiration for Bryant remains and he talked more about the impact that Bryant had, not only on himself, but on the NBA as a whole:

I feel like Kobe will go down as a top-five player who ever played in this league. He’s been that great to this league. He’s been iconic in the same way that (Michael) Jordan touched it.

Not everyone is wired the same way that Kobe is, but when you get someone with amazing physical gifts, wired in that way, it only makes sense that there is an admiration and mutual respect.
Lakers Fit For Life Health Fair

  • kobe24

    Would be nice if he didn’t extend his contract and Lakers could push for him during this summer as a FA. Love the kids game and hope hes successful~

    • Paul George’s Agent

      Already extended it.

      • -_____-

        notice the word “IF”

    • showtime818

      Yeah I always notice when Lakers are most vulnerable, every team makes a quick move to give their free agents an extension before letting them make a decision. Everyone makes damn well sure that the Lakers don’t rebuild by any means necessary.

      • kobe24

        I don’t know man I think it was just a smart move by Larry Bird. He saw talent in Paul George (after his breakout season) and Pacers needed some superstar franchise guy and it was a smart move.

        The only actual thing that hurt Lakers is when Stern veto’d the CP3 trade. However I’ll be content if the basketball gods gives us Dante Exum in return